The Human Body by Tinybop
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Human Body by Tinybop presents the human body's senses and organ systems as six interactive, animated, layered models (a seventh is available as a separate purchase). There's very little direction -- no verbal or written instructions -- although there is a free downloadable guide on the Tinybop website with instructions and ideas on how to use the app effectively.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- asking questions
- part-whole relationships
- asking questions
- using and applying technology
Health & Fitness
- body awareness
Engagement, Approach, Support
Beautiful, layered models with fun animations. Adding instructions or suggestions for how to explore models could increase engagement for kids who prefer more guided exploration.
No formal games or activities. Mostly learning via free play. Kids can add commentary in record mode. Labels provide detailed anatomy and biology vocabulary. A handbook on the developer's website provides direction and ideas.
Account allows parents and teachers to track multiple users' play. The 22-page downloadable handbook provides excellent ideas, extension activities, and resources.
What's it about?
Kids get to peek inside the body with six models that highlight important structures such as bones, the heart, and the intestines. Kids can see how smelling flowers or being bitten by a mosquito sets off reactions that cause the brain to process sensory information. The heart beats, eyes synthesize visual information, and food digests. Kids can record audio observations or questions on each page.
Is it any good?
THE HUMAN BODY BY TINYBOP is an up-close and relevant way for kids to learn the senses and systems of the body. Younger kids can simply use freeplay to see what happens when they tap, swipe, or move different elements on the screen -- for example, eating food and brushing teeth. More advanced learners can read and learn formal names of body parts (like red blood cells and white blood cells) and record audio questions and observations.
Kids who need more directed play may not feel comfortable and would benefit from a download of the free 22-page activity handbook. Beautiful models with creative interactivity help them learn about what's under the skin they're living in.
Families can talk about...
Download the guide for more detailed instructions, ideas, and resources.
Offer younger kids guidance to help them make the real-life connection between abstract models and their own bodies.